Storytellers on Tour Presents: A King’s Bargain by J. D. L Rosell

Today I am delighted to participate in Storytellers on Tour to highlight the upcoming book A King’s Bargain by J. D. L. Rosell, the first installment of the Legend of Tal series! We have some tasty literary treats for you all right out of the heroic fantasy cauldron. Strap in, and read on! The Tour…

Goodreads Star-Ratings: An Interpretation

There are few things more hotly debated in the world of online amateur book-reviewing than the Goodreads star-rating system. It is a loose set of guidelines that has been rehashed and reinterpreted in so many ways as to be virtually meaningless (well, moreso than it is inherently). And, while I have many issues with Goodreads…

Quaranthoughts for Quarantimes

Everywhere I look, which seems to include mostly screens these days, is emblazoned with things like UNPRECEDENTED TIMES and EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES and BEST NOVELS TO GET US THROUGH NOVEL CORONAVIRUS. Okay, this last one isn’t real, though many lists like this inexplicably have neglected to cash in on the novel bit. But I would be…

Review: The Hollow Gods (The Chaos Cycle #1) by A. J. Vrana

Lately, I can’t stop looking for the unknown in storytelling. The unknown as twofold: as it relates to the plot (the spiritual, the mysterious, the concealed within a cloak of secrets, the supernatural) and as it relates to how a story is told (unreliable narrators, dreams, liminal space, deviating from the expected form). It is…

#13Stories Days 7 & 8

The writing continues! I have nothing of note to update you on, so I will cut straight to the chase! This prompt reminded me of the outbreak of ergot in Pont St. Esprit in August of 1951. So, with a little inspiration from the writing style of Wilkie Collins in The Woman in White and…

Days 5 & 6 of #13Stories

As we move toward the halfway point, and ever closer to Halloween, I am thinking a lot about what my traditions around Halloween and Samhain are and how they relate to my writing in these little posts. Like most things, there are many layers–my childhood in a conservative Baptist church where Halloween was synonymous with…

#13Stories Days 3 & 4

I didn’t realize how difficult this project was going to be when I excitedly started tweeting about it only a few short days ago. If I were to be honest, I thought that maybe I would have a bit of an advantage because I was writing the prompts as well. Reader, I am here to…

Days 1 & 2 of #13Stories

As with many things, I only realize how challenging an idea for a project is when I am amid a full commitment to it, as is the case for #13Stories. It is difficult to write a story using a prompt every day. I came up with these prompts as a fun exercise, with no idea…

13 Stories, a Hallowriting Challenge

In the spirit of the season and prompt challenges everywhere, I welcome you to 13 Stories: 13 days and 13 prompts to create flash fiction, short stories, poems, or whatever writing that you can cast forth from your hearts, minds, and fingertips in celebration of Halloween. The idea for 13 Stories came about as many…